Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Practice Makes Progress

I try to make time for art every day.  I'm not where I want to be yet but I can see progress little by little. 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Twilight Zone

I've been feeling deep and dark recently.  It is though I am in a twilight zone.  This mood is being reflected in my current artwork.  I am not depressed but I am pensive.  

I keep thinking about all the people and creatures in the world  that will never know me or me them.  As William Butler Yeats was to have said 'There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet.'  I feel sad when I think of all the potential friendships and connections I could have made and yet haven't been able to do so.  

Even when I am with people I feel isolated.  I feel a bit like the hollow eyed creature sitting up there on a tree branch in my collage above.  Always on the periphery.  Always on the outside looking in.

Thankfully I enjoy my own company but am occasionally curious to know what it would be like to be with people who truly 'get me'. 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Autumn in the Garden

    And as if by magic the autumn appeared in the garden.

    New life growing on old lives.

    Greens and browns and rich earthy tones grounding and comforting.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Back where I started


I have enjoyed playing and creating with paper for years.  Back in 2008 I shared my first paper person tag here and in 2014 some gift tags here

There are many examples of my papercraft  and collages on the blog and you can find them under labels of papercraft, tags, craft etc., Back then I used printed papers and coloured card-stock.  Nowadays I paint my own papers and create with them instead.  I really feel that I have evolved creatively since those early days but miss something of the charm and innocence of those simple characters.

My watercolour painting has gone on the hold for the time being whilst I reconnect to my first love of playing, cutting and sticking paper.  

The picture above is my most recent work.  It is not complete yet as I need to add some finer detail. 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Solace in Books

I find solace in books.  I've been buying quite a few books recently.  I like the anticipation of guessing what information lies between the covers and hopefully gleaning any useful information.

The book on top of the pile is The Star-Born by Henry Williamson, written in 1933.  It is an original copy complete with untrimmed pages.  It is a sheer delight imagining all the history that particular copy has gone through.

The story is a celestial fantasy set in the real world at Lydford in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor, and its gorge and castle keep (info from The Henry Williamson Society).

The illustrations are wood-engravings by Charles Tunnicliffe.